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Priyanka: Each Sunday I had to convince America that I was an American

Comments  Comments [ 0 ]    By Preksha Jain | 10 August 2018 | 1:36pm




Priyanka Chopra who was once our desi girl is now a Global Icon. After taking Bollywood by storm with her acting skills, Chopra took to Hollywood with her impeccable acting skills. She started her journey with a TV show 'Quantico' and is 1 film old and already has two new movies in her kitty.

But no path comes easy to you and it was no different for Chopra. In a recent interview to Bombay Times, speaking of her Bollywood to Hollywood journey, she said, "It was scary, but an organic experience. I was asked by my manager to make music with Jimmy Iovine and that's how I went to America. People there responded to me in a very casual 'you are my friend' tone, so I felt I was relatable to them. When I went to parties like that of the Grammy's, people asked me why I was not working in America and that made me think about it. The opportunity to be a part of television came to me at a party. The VP of casting at an American commercial broadcast television network asked if I would want to do TV. I told her that TV is a six-year commitment and that I have never done it before. She then flew down to India to talk to me".

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"Whenever you saw Indians on mainstream global entertainment platforms, you always saw them being put in a box - either they would be nerds or a big fat Punjabi family. Why should our ethnicity define the role that we play? The only thing I told the TV network was not to come to me with a show that showcases 'my big fat Punjabi wedding', I won't do it. They came to me with 26 scripts and I chose to play an FBI agent who happened to be half-Indian", she added.

After she bagged the role of Alex Parish, there was quite a discussion on her character's name. Revealing about this, she expressed, "I had an Indian assistant whose name was Jennifer, so I told the team that they were again stereotyping me. They had given me a character and it was my job now to convince the world that I am that person. Every Sunday, I had to convince America that I was an American". 

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